Making it Work

Youngna Park
Recommendations for kids, musings for parents, trying to stay sane.
Created 29 Jan 2021
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  • Unlucky is just a mindset
    28 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    When in a delicate mood, Ada is easily convinced the world is working against her, though using the word “victim” might be a bit extreme for a kid shy of six years old. On Sunday within a span of 10 m...
  • Who are these pictures for anyway?
    21 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    On Saturday night we went to get tacos at Chilo’s, where the abundance of outdoor picnic tables, rapid ordering, and ability for our kids to liberally run around made it a safe-bet destination for a l...
  • Afraid of everything
    17 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 4 1
    My kids have embraced phobias as a way to get, or get out of everything they want. “Can’t sleep,” says Julian, at 2 a.m., when he routinely wanders into our bedroom, because he’s afraid of the Bermuda...
  • Your trash is incredible
    07 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Somewhat predictably, my kids love to complain about walking anywhere in the city. Going two long blocks, Ada claims, is like crossing the ocean twice, and in the heat and sun of a late summer afterno...
  • Getting a 3 year old dressed
    31 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 5 2
    Dressing a 3 year old warrants a process that starts with anticipating it’ll take five-to-seven times longer than you imagine. I give Julian oatmeal for breakfast first because it’s bound to end up on...
  • Being alive is surviving
    24 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    At some point in the last year instead of asking how old people were, Ada started asking them how long they had survived. My dad celebrated his 80th birthday in May, and she said, very deadpan, “I can...
  • Gentle feet, gentle voices
    19 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    We moved to the Hudson Valley last year under the frantic circumstances of the pandemic, put in a real estate limbo that had to do with needing to move out of one apartment but having nowhere to go. S...
  • Constant bickering about nothing at all
    10 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 5 2
    My kids like to bicker constantly about a series of asinine topics including who got to hit the pause button on the episode of “Wild Kratts,” which glass of water had more ice cubes, and who changed o...
  • The secret languages of children
    02 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 6 0
    During the early and most terrifying part of the pandemic, when we moved upstate to live with my parents for a 4-month period, Ada invented a language that she spoke with her stuffed bunny called “Nag...
  • Hiking in paradise with children
    26 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 7 2
    We’ve been on the island of Kauai for the last two weeks, a combination escapist vacation remote work stay that’s prolonging a year and a half of nomadism before we return to Brooklyn. We’re staying o...
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